“This is what the LORD says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.” -Zechariah 8:3
PROPHET “Before I formed you in the womb I knew (chose) you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ‘Ah, sovereign LORD,’ I said, I do not know what to speak; I am only a child.’ But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.'” – Jeremiah 1:5-7
The prophets ministry is one of recovery and restoration, calling his hearers away from self-absorption, deception and apostasy, and back to God Himself, back to righteous living, back to love and humility, back to reality.” -Original source: Brian Purtle; filed under The Kingdom of God November 11, 2008. Also sourced at: Voice of Revolution, the online magazine from the ministry of Dr. Michael Brown
The Israelite prophets were primarily involved in interpreting God’s will to their contemporaries (existing, occurring, or living at the same time), and as such would remonstrate (reason or plead in protest, objection, or complaint) with reigning monarchs and point out the error of ways, which made them less than popular with those in power. –The Illustrated Atlas OF Jewish Civilization, 4000 Years Of History, Josephine Bacon; Martin Gilbert Discernment from a High Tower
“Behold, I am preparing a holy army. They will do mighty exploits for me and destroy your high places. They are an army of holy men and women, boys and girls. They have been anointed to preach the true gospel, to lay hands on the sick and to call the sinner to repentance. This is an army of working men, housewives, single men, single women and school children. They are common people, for not many noble have responded to My call. In the past they have been misunderstood and mistreated, abused and rejected. But I have blessed them with boldness in holiness and in spirit. They will begin to fulfill My prophecy and to do My will. I will walk in them, talk in them and work in them.”–A Divine Revelation of Hell- Time is running out!, Mary K. Baxter
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” -George Orwell
“Matthew’s Jesus finds fault with the teachings AND actions of these leaders.” Ancient Paths
“Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all paths, and hostility in the house of God.” -Hosea 9:7
[Jesus/Yeshua:] “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. You Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?” –Luke 12:54-56. Isaiah 9:10 Judgment
“With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.” -Psalm 109:3″I [the Lord] have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.” -Isaiah 62:6, 7 Amplified Bible
“Those who expose doctrinal error are often branded as being negative and as not displaying Christian love. But an examination of the New Testament and the statements of Jesus Christ reveals that the negative is often rightly expressed. … As Swindoll notes, counterfeits do not advertise what they are really doing, and people by the millions are deceived. ‘Deception comes in convincing fashion, wearing the garb of authenticity, supported by the credentials of intelligence, popularity, and even a touch of class.'” -Edmund C. Gruss, Cults and The Occult
|Robert Ricciardelli: The Season of Your Longing is Here by Robert Ricciardelli, Dec 11, 2010
A Purpose That is For Now
God is continuing to encourage and re-establish kingly-priestly activity beyond the walls of religious meetings and events. It has always been His desire to manifest Himself through His people in everyday, everywhere, and everyway life. There is a strengthened reality of being a citizen of His present Kingdom that is breaking through paralyzed religious paradigms. Hopes and dreams are being resurrected in the midst of down economies and doom and gloom eschatology. This is happening by His Spirit as He pours Himself out on all humanity. He is doing a swift work in educating and empowering His servants, mostly outside of formal education, in which faith and love trump denominational and doctrinal stagnancy. (emphasis added)Kingdom citizens are no longer waiting for Heaven, but are now activated on earth and being celebrated in Heaven.
People of God are realizing that they have been delivered from darkness into God’s light for a purpose that is for the now. They have been freed to set others free, as Christ has delivered them to become deliverers of those in their land and spheres of community. Evangelism is no longer a goal but an outward flow of a life consumed in God, and forged by the fusion of oneness with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are not witnesses guided by a programmatic script, but have become fire-branded by the Holy Spirit to speak the word of God fitly spoken for every person, occasion and season.The Partnership of God and Man Will Become More and More Seamless. Covenant relationships are founded and fueled by God’s love, ordained by Him; and because God put them together, these sons and daughters will not separate. The Body of Christ will learn community and communion with God and each other that make other practices lower realm and obsolete. Through the renewing of their minds daily into seeing the world as Father does, they will influence and lead their specific, assigned spheres in society.
It will not be a take-over as some may think, but a coming under as servant-leaders, which guide others into the Way, the Truth, and the Life. People will be magnetized to the Living God within them as friendship, relationship and trust are established and flourish among them. Eternal fusion of body, soul and spirit will be forged through Father’s covenant hands.
It is time for the Body of Christ to say, “It is because of who I am that I live in one accord with Father’s heart, and for His glory alone.” Mammon cannot penetrate the hearts of these Kingdom sons. They will seek Father’s opinion on all matters of life and business. There will be an explosion of vision and goodwill from the workplace that will rattle the systems of religion and shift the Church into Kingdom alignment.God’s people will be thankful from a heart of humility, because only God could do what is being done and no man can steal the glory. There will be no confidence in the flesh but overwhelming and overcoming confidence in a God that provides all the increase for the days ahead. The partnership of God and man will become more and more seamless as dualism and the sacred and secular world-views diminish.The Season of Your Longing is Here
Brethren, we are at a time where God is truly the God of our lives. This is the time that we all have been waiting for and yet it continues to unfold in marvelous ways beyond what we currently can see. This is the season in our journey where we draw the line and decide that we will not settle for less, we will not compromise, and we will not quit.
As God arises in each of us, the enemies of the Kingdom will scatter as the light of His glory increases. Look for safety in your relationships with each other. It’s not a time for being alone and being a lone ranger. The Body of Christ will more fully realize their need for one another and for real authentic community. Be encouraged, for the season of your longing is here.
Converging Zone Network & Visionary Advancement StrategiesRobert Ricciardelli, along with his wife Joyce, are the founders of the Converging Zone Network and Visionary Advancement Strategies. Through their connecting ministry, newsletters and social networking platforms, they bring collaboration to over 100,000 each week in various spheres of society. Robert’s 25 years in Corporate America have given him a broad world-view of the Kingdom of God in everyday life. Robert speaks at churches and conferences regarding the Kingdom of God, and practical ways to advance His Kingdom into every sphere and mountain of society Robert is also a Kingdom business consultant, and a transformational life coach, assisting in the discovery of solutions that advance the destinies of individuals, faith communities and businesses.
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It is written: Love “And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” -1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:1-8
“To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of everlasting importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial [capable of being forgiven] mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where He calls us to stand up like men and assert, thought it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven. Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies. Love for Christ and for the souls for whom He died will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared. -Thornwell